1st Edition

Temporary Gardens

By Raffaella Sini Copyright 2022
    292 Pages 270 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 270 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The last 30 years have seen a surge in temporary gardens. The flexibility and new challenges invested in non-permanent landscapes has made them a creative and stimulating testing ground for professionals and impromptu designers. Raffaella Sini examines the historical evolution of the genre, exploring theory, narratives, and strategies informing 80 temporary gardens built in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, and the United States.

    Key topics include:

    • temporary gardens in 1970s avant-garde art and 1980s public art;

    • temporary gardens as opportunities to work with live processes, practice

    inclusion, and explore concepts of social justice and ecology;

    • temporary gardens to redefine the vocabulary of garden design; and

    • temporary gardens in tactical urbanism.

    The book comprehensively decodifies the full range of ephemeral gardens: uprooted, mobile, itinerant, movable, postmodern, installation, exhibited, conceptual, theme, pop-up, guerrilla, grassroots, meanwhile, interim, provisional, activist, community, and parklet.

    Beyond physical duration, time-focused design in gardens affects the entire process of conceiving, building, experiencing, and managing green spaces; using short-term formats, anyone can invent, trial, and experiment in a condensed experience of landscape.

    The temporary garden emerges as critical cultural ground for the discourse in landscape architecture, art, ephemeral urbanism, and in urban, landscape, and garden design. It is inspirational reading for designers and students alike.

    1 Introduction  2 The History of Temporary Gardens  3 Decoding Temporary Gardens  4 The Temporary Garden as Testing Ground for Conceptual Ideas  5 Temporary Gardens in the City  6 Conclusions


    Raffaella Sini has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and public art. She has advanced degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is assistant professor at the University of Idaho’s Landscape Architecture programme, and has taught in several universities and in Asia as assistant professor at the National University of Singapore.

    Her design-based research is explicated through the practice of temporary and experimental installations realized with the design collective LAND-I archicolture (2000–ongoing) co-founded with Roberto Capecci and Marco Antonini, and with students and communities in Europe, Asia, and the United States. The use of short-term interventions, for which Raffaella has obtained funding from governments and private foundations, has been instrumental in practicing and teaching process design methodologies in diverse contexts.